Playing an instrument in an ensemble opens up a whole new world of experience, friendship and fun. Your son will have the opportunity to be part of the cultural and performing life of the College.
Our music students are organised into groups of similar playing ability, so placement in ensembles is done solely on merit, not on year level. Playing ability, experience, attendance, punctuality and behaviour are taken into consideration when deciding the appropriate group for a student. Students will need to audition for the relevant ensemble director, who will set the audition requirements.
The success of the ensembles depends on the dedication of each student. This means a commitment to remain in the ensemble for an entire school year, attending all rehearsals, tutorials and performances, being fully equipped at all times, and regular home practice. Please discuss the importance of these issues with your son.
Admittance to an ensemble requires a full year commitment. Students are expected to arrive at rehearsals 10 minutes early to allow for instrument set up. Students should be seated and ready to play at the announced commencement time. Attendance at rehearsals is compulsory for all students enrolled.
When a student is absent from a rehearsal, an email or a letter of explanation from the student’s parent/guardian to the conductor is required. This must be done at the earliest opportunity. Where a student has been absent from school on the day of a rehearsal, it will not be necessary to provide a separate note for the Ensemble Conductor in addition to the one required by the College. However, the student must communicate with the Ensemble Conductor regarding such an absence. Ensemble Conductors are legally required to notify all parent/guardians of a student’s absence immediately after the rehearsal if no prior notification has been given.
In exceptional circumstances, students may be excused from rehearsal by presenting written confirmation (letter or email) by a parent or guardian in advance of that rehearsal. Routine medical and dental appointments are not considered an exception, so please make every effort to book these appointments at other times. Any request made by a student to absent themselves or to leave a rehearsal early, will not be accepted. This is a legal duty-of-care requirement.
Attendance at all scheduled performances (concerts, festivals etc.) and camps are compulsory. With respect to performances, in the event of sudden illness, parents are asked to contact the student’s Ensemble Conductor.
$50 per term
Follow the link at right to express an interest in joining an ensemble.
Ms Mirella Di Giorgio
Leader of Learning: Music